The Cowboys’ Trevon Diggs are threatening to break the NFL record for most interceptions in a season


Trevon Diggs’ interception Thursday night helped the Dallas Cowboys close out the New Orleans Saints as Dallas improved to 8-4 this season. Diggs’ tapping also moved him one step closer to joining an elite company.

With nine interceptions this season, the Cowboys’ second-year cornerback is on the move to threaten Night Train Lane’s 69-year-old record for the most recorded interceptions in a season. The former Hall of Fame defensive back selected 14 passes as a member of the Los Angeles Rams back in 1952. Four other players have recorded at least 13 interceptions in a season, a group of Diggs are four interceptions away from joining.

Here’s a look at the company Diggs may soon join if he can record at least four more interceptions over the last five weeks of the season. Three of Diggs’ remaining games are against Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke and Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, so his odds of joining this group of players are pretty good.

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Night train (14): Lane was a rookie when he set the NFL record for interceptions in a season. He returned two of his 14 picks for scoring while collecting 298 returyards in the league. Lane again led the NFL with 10 interceptions in 1954 while earning his first of seven Pro Bowl picks. Lane retired after the 1965 season with 68 career interceptions, which is currently the fourth-highest total in league history.

Lester Hayes (13): “The Judge” picked up 13 passes on his way to winning Defender of the Year in 1980. What makes Hayes’ season more remarkable is the fact that he had two more interceptions wiped out due to penalties. Hayes had five more interceptions (one that was returned for a touchdown) in four playoff games while helping the Raiders win the franchise’s second Super Bowl title. Hayes retired with two Super Bowl rings and was a member of the NFL All-Decade Team in the 1980s.

Dan Sandfier (13): Like Lane, Sandfier was a rookie when he recorded his historic season. A three-way player who was also the NFL’s best kickoff return in the 1948 season, Sandfier picked up 13 passes that year despite making just seven starts for Washington. He set NFL singles record for interceptions (four) and interception returns for touchdowns (two).

Spec Sanders (13): Sanders selected 13 passes to the New York Yanks during the 1950s season, the franchise’s first in the NFL after being a charter member of the All-America Football Conference. AAFC’s leader in rushing yards and touchdown runs in both 1946 and ’47, knee problems forced Sanders to retire after the 1950 season.

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